18 November 2011
Oxfam Ambassador Annie Lennox visits a women's co-operative in Malawi
Scots singer-songwriter, activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox has been presented with Scotland’s first International Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement from Glasgow Caledonian University for her actions to promote health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The award was presented by the University Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies, at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) annual awards dinner in the presence Nobel Laureate Mr Kofi Annan, former General Secretary of the United Nations, on Friday 18 November.
Professor Gillies said: “We are delighted to pay tribute to Annie Lennox with Scotland’s first International Humanitarian Award.
“Ms Lennox is a Scot we are all hugely proud of, not just for her extraordinary talent for music and poetry but for her tireless actions to promote health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Her remarkable record of activity in this field is a true inspiration and the University is delighted to recognise her in this way.”
Ms Lennox said: “Thank you so much for honouring me as the first recipient of this humanitarian award. The work that I do is dedicated to women and children struggling to survive with HIV/AIDS. They don’t often have a voice and it is to them I’d like to dedicate this beautiful award.”
- Picture courtesy of Annette C Kay